Did You See Aretha On Kennedy Honors?

I was fast-forwarding through most of the broadcast until Aretha arrived. She sang “Natural Woman,” in tribute to one of the evening’s honorees, Carole King. Aretha had barely started the song before she’d drawn a tear from President Obama. Before the song was over she’d gotten the crowd to its feet. She finished by shedding her full-length fur. You think Aretha gives a damn about animal activists? Hah! She has spent her adult life providing evidence of her tastelessness — and even if I admire her supreme-diva, fuck-you attitude about wearing fur I still find the wearing of fur revolting. But then she sings and we are reminded of what a star is. Fur forgiven.

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